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The conservative movement in America has officially thrown in the towel. One could say this happened years or even decades ago, but the when is ambiguous and quite irrelevant. Back in 2017, Patrick Buchanan rightly stated that "the bathroom debate is a skirmish in the culture war," but so-called conservatives today, with their hearts set on compromise, have made the issue of transgenderism their "hill to die on" — and that's how we know the American Right has lost the culture war. God-fearing Americans need to understand the mere skirmish that transgenderism is and, as such, begin fighting the root causes of such a destructive ideology.
It should go without saying, but one cannot fight so-called transgenderism while accepting homosexuality. This is an extremist take in the eyes of both liberals and conservatives. Nevertheless, the only effective way to fight gender ideology is to fight homosexualism, for the former stems from the latter. But this is not the "right-wing" strategy, far from it.
In fact, declaring a war on homosexuality would be considered heresy by the standards of mainstream conservatism. Heck, declaring a war on transgenderism, as Michael Knowles and Matt Walsh have tried to do, isn't even the mainstream conservative approach. Rather, the consensus on the Right is summed up by Donald Trump Jr., who believes that "if you're an adult and you want to be trans, and you do it, great," but it's only a problem if you "force it on a 3-year-old."
On the April 6, 2023 episode of Full Send, Donald Trump Jr. says that he supports transgenderism and is "liberal on the issue." pic.twitter.com/Sg6vElc7lT— Facts Nordau (@MaxNordau) April 11, 2023
This morally indifferent and compromised mindset is one of the guiding philosophies of the modern-day conservative movement. Trump Jr.'s capitulation on the trans issue, though, should come as no surprise. His father — who's certainly the most popular talking head on the Right — is fine with letting a mentally ill man like Bruce Jenner use the women's restroom. Likewise, this mindset is why supposedly conservative Fox News hired that same mentally ill man as a contributor and commentator. It's also why the chairman of the American Conservative Union calls a grown man pretending to be a woman in order to dominate collegiate women's swimming a "she."
So guys like Michael Knowles and Matt Walsh are unlike most of their political allies, for these two condemn the entire ideology — regardless of whether or not it's pushed on a 3-year-old or if it's embraced by a confused 30-year-old. For Knowles and Walsh, that 30-year-old's decision is not "great," as Trump Jr. would say; rather, it's wrong, evil and self-destructive.
There surely is a need to fight against the widespread gender confusion of the day, but not at the expense of falling silent — or worse, actually promoting other pernicious ideologies. But this is what conservatism has done for a while now, and this grave omission manifests itself even in some of the "most conservative" circles.
The two frontrunners for the 2024 Republican primary, Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis, for example, are both guilty of pandering to the LGBT crowd. Trump is on record saying, "We are fighting for the gay community, and we are fighting and fighting hard." And DeSantis, on the other hand, sent baby gifts to gay conservative commentator Dave Rubin and his "husband," and also congratulated him, according to Rubin.
The wildly popular organization Gays Against Groomers, which has the support of Republican politicians such as Marjorie Taylor Green, who's considered a "radical" even by those in her party, is another example. Gays Against Groomers ironically claims to fight against the sexualization and indoctrination of children, yet the organization promotes the debunked myth that homosexuals are "born that way."
The homosexualist organization states, "Sexual orientation is determined through genetic, immunological, endocrinological, epigenetic, and hormonal interactions in the womb and is determined before birth." So pushing genital mutilation on kids is a bridge too far, but advocating the idea that infants are gay is just fine?
The Daily Wire, for which Knowles and Walsh work, likewise sins by omission. Its own general counsel is a gay man with a pretend husband. How could Knowles and Walsh campaign against homosexuality the way they do against transgenderism when the general counsel for their company is an open and proud homosexual?
On Tuesday, Knowles debated self-professed gay conservative Brad Polumbo on the issue of transgenderism. That debate would have borne a lot more fruit had it been on the issue of homosexuality, which, again, is the cause of all of the gender confusion we see today. But that conversation is not allowed to be had, even among conservatives.
Saint Josemaría Escrivá once said that compromise is only for those with no will to fight; he called these people "the lazy, the cunning, [and] the cowardly." Conservatives, especially Catholics, need to stop compromising and start courageously proclaiming the fullness of the truth. Like always, this is easier said than done, but a good start would be to campaign not for the eradication of transgenderism, but for the eradication of homosexuality.